Blas sentencing delayed

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Mayor Jesse Blas was arrested on federal extortion and bribery allegations.

Ex-mayor of Yona Jesse Blas has successfully delayed sentencing in the federal extortion case against him.

Convicted of drug-related extortion crimes, Blas won’t be sentenced until January 2021, as a result of the impact COVID-19 has had on judicial proceedings.

District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood granted the motion which contended that the ongoing pandemic has created logistical issues that makes in-person testimony of an important witness at the sentencing impossible.

“Plaintiff must present the testimony via video conference. On the other hand, counsel for the defendant raised several concerns about allowing the presentation of testimony via video conference as he had generally understood the witness would be physically present,” stated court documents.

Considering the difficulty and the unforeseen circumstances, the Chief Judge granted Blas’ request and continued sentencing to January 2021.

A status hearing has been set for November 30.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.